DISTRACTED WHILE PARENTING? HERE’S HOW TO BE MORE ATTENTIVE
Parenting is often described as one of the best and most stressful jobs that a person can take on. Becoming a parent is an incredible responsibility that comes with a new set of rules, and the need to constantly be “on.” So what happens when parents go from being “on” top of things to being distracted and “on” their phone maybe a little too often?
The term for this phenomenon is distracted parenting. You may not have heard this term before, but you’ve likely seen it in action. Here are some examples of distracted parenting:
- An entire family on their phones at a restaurant, not even making eye contact.
- At a playground, a child is misbehaving and would likely be corrected if their parent was not texting.
- At an event and one kid is running out of the door with no adult present and you think, “Where is the adult?”
MIDLIFE CRISIS FOR WOMEN: 13 WAYS THAT SET THEM APART FROM A MAN
No one said life was easy. Sometimes, as women, there are moments where we think, “Is this really my life?” But maybe you’re just in a midlife crisis for women.
If you think you’re experiencing a midlife crisis for women, don’t worry. In fact, if you use this crisis to your advantage, you can motivate yourself to accomplish the things that you wanted to but didn’t have the chance to or were too scared to.
Maybe you wanted to become an actress but were scared to audition or you didn’t get into a program that you wanted. And now, you feel incomplete, which is completely normal. Sure, you may be a bit older and think that it’s too late, that your life is over. Well, first of all, it’s never too late, and your life doesn’t end until you allow it to.
25 REVEALING QUESTIONS TO GET TO KNOW A GUY YOU ARE INTERESTED IN
Asking specific questions to get to know a guy is a great way of determining whether or not they are relationship material. It’s my secret weapon.
The best way to learn more about a guy? Asking the right questions to get to know a guy is the most straightforward way to get there. And I have just the way to do it.
Okay, so admittedly this is something I did when I was 16, and I still do it because I think it is fantastic. We played “21 Questions” which ended up being anywhere from 10-60 questions. Basically, you just ask each other questions until one of you tire of it, or you fall asleep.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR ATTITUDE UP WHEN LIFE BRINGS YOU DOWN
“I’m exhausted and so very tired of all the anxiety, negativity and stress. Too often my mind is consumed with draining thoughts, and every muscle in my body seems tense. It hurts. I don’t want to feel this way anymore. I don’t want to feel like I live in a whirlwind of constant pressure and exhaustion. I don’t want to just ‘get by’ day to day…”
Those are the opening lines of a story an attendee at our “Think Better, Live Better 2018” seminar shared with me (her commentary was recorded live and I’m sharing this with her full permission). She went on to tell me that expecting negative things to happen has been her way of approaching life. If you can relate in any way at all, it’s time to revamp your mindset.
Our minds are incredibly powerful. They can bring us down or lift us up at a moment’s notice. How we think about things literally changes everything!
QUALITY OF LIFE
“Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.'”
(Luke 12:15, NIV)
“In The Death of Ethics in America, Cal Thomas quotes a letter written to the Washington Post in the mid ’80s. ‘I’ve lived both lives, Yuppie and non-Yuppie,’ the writer said. ‘In the first, I was married to a professional woman and on our dual incomes we Club Med-ed, sports car-raced, alpine skied and Kennedy Centered our 14-year marriage into oblivion.
“I’m now 42, remarried to a woman who gave up her ‘professional’ career to provide full-time care for our one and five-year-old daughters, and living in Gaithersburg, Maryland—on one salary. Trips to Australia and Europe, Saturday night dining at Nathan’s, and Wolf Trap concerts are distant memories. Vacations are now taken in our nine-year-old used pop-up camper, and dining out means ‘Hooray! Daddy’s bringing home a pizza.’ We’ve just started into the second round of … one hundred readings of Pat the Bunny for our one-year-old. Satisfaction level in my first life measured about 2 on the 10 scale. Measured now, satisfaction is about 9.5.'” (Michael Josephson in Character Counts. www.charactercounts.org)
LOVE YOUR MARRIAGE
Once, a man returned from work and found his wife cooking. She gave him a sweet kiss.
They were so happy. While they were at the dinner table, the woman’s cell phone rang, a message from her friend who wished her good night.
The husband saw the message and got upset, and he did not talk about the matter with his wife and went to the bedroom without having dinner.
SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT BODY LANGUAGE AND YOUR EMOTIONS
Susan Krauss Whitbourne
New research shows the role that body language plays communicating emotion.
As much as you may try to maintain a bland expression on your face when you don’t want others to read your emotions, you may not realize how important it is to control your body language when you want to appear inscrutable. Perhaps you’re meeting someone you’ve identified on a dating app and now want to check out in person. As you sit in your local coffee shop waiting for that all-important first encounter, you compose your face into an expression you believe to be neutral. Unfortunately, you failed to take the same precautions with your body. Your feet are tapping, you’re leaning forward, and your hands are fidgeting. Your prospective date will now be readily tuned in to recognize that you’re anxious and insecure, and the rest of the event will undoubtedly not go as you had planned.
According to new research by Gijsbert Bijlstra and colleagues (2018) of Radboud University (the Netherlands), under some conditions people are better able to recognize emotions from body language than they are from facial expression. However, it’s rare to go into a situation in which you’re reading someone’s emotions from a completely neutral, or “bottom-up,” standpoint where your expectations play no role in interpreting that person’s body language. Instead, you may be more influenced than you realize by the “top-down” process of letting your expectations color your perceptions. Perhaps in that online dating scenario, you’ve already decided that the person you’re about to meet is going to be someone you will like. You’ll therefore be more likely to ignore or discount some of the qualities that might otherwise bother you, such as the fact that your date doesn’t smile as much as you would prefer.
7 EASY STEPS TO BE BLISSFULLY HAPPY IN A RELATIONSHIP
Learn the secret behind knowing how to be happy in a relationship. It takes just seven simple steps to bring love and happiness into a relationship.
Bringing happiness into a relationship is one of the simplest things couples can do.
But yet several couples have a hard time keeping love and happiness alive, even if they did experience a lot of it in the first few months or years of the relationship.
MONEY MANAGEMENT FOR COUPLES
Newlyweds are a happy lot, and they may know a lot about love. But there’s one thing they really don’t know, and that’s money management for couples. And money and couples just don’t get along unless there’s a clear understanding of finances in marriage.
Rick and Rachael. They were the definition of rugged manliness and drop-dead gorgeous looks in their college years.
Rick was the kind of guy all girls yearned for. Popular, compassionate, understanding, good looking… pretty much the guy any girl would want to spend the rest of her life with.